MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
The United States Marine Corps is recognized worldwide for its ability to deploy
anywhere in the world within 24 hours due to amphibious insertions. However,
they are also capable of performing insertions from the sky.
Marines with 2nd Radio Battalion, II Marine
Expeditionary Force, are among the few Marines who are capable of executing
such a task, and showed their skills Sept. 1, 2015, at Marine Corps Auxiliary
Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, as they conducted static line jumping
Operators provide the skill of establishing communications for various units in
areas where communication is not easily obtainable.
battalion we have ‘radio recon’ operators and when deployed they get attached
to units such as 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and it is important to have these
individuals ready to insert with those teams and add that extra element the
unit may need later on,” said Sgt. Alexander Bibber, the jumpmaster for the
operation, from Freehold, New Jersey.
Marines are up to date with jumps is essential to the battalion’s personal
mission and the overall mission of the Marine Corps.
training drives the readiness for the Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine
Corps, because at any time if we had to insert behind enemy lines, my Marines
and sailors are ready to do it by air.”
The Marines added
an extra real-life scenario element to the operation by jumping the 1,250 foot
fall from two MV-22 Ospreys, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, carrying
notional combat loads including training rifles.
weight for the parachute is 400 pounds, including the jumper himself, and the
equipment,” said Sgt. Kurt Kusterbeck, the battalion’s parachute safety officer,
from Smithtown, New York. “So some of the heavier individuals will be carrying
less gear and the lighter guys would be carrying more to even out the team’s
With a total
of 32 Marines jumping and landing safely, the training provided each jumper the
confidence to perform these missions in the future.
“It was a
really successful jump operation. We had eight Marines fully transition train
to the new parachute so now we are all ready to jump the chute for whatever
need the Marine Corps may need,” said Kusterbeck.